- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3.5" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
- 142g - 100 x 55 x 21mm
- Announced January 2011
- Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FX77
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic FX78 overview
Panasonic FX78 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera initially launched on January of 2011. It uses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FX77" in certain markets.
The FX78 is ranked #118 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #974 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.
Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic FX78 family
The Panasonic FX78 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can take a look at all past and current models along with key specifications.
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Panasonic FX78 Gallery
You can see the FX78 from several angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic FX78 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic FX78 based on criterias which are typically viewed as crucial in a camera.
Panasonic FX78 Sensor info
The Panasonic FX78 is run by the Venus Engine FHD processor. The sensor specification in the Panasonic FX78 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so the user has less margin for error.
The graphic underneath displays the FX78's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The FX78 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic FX78 dimensions
Panasonic FX78 weighs around 0.31 lbs (142g or 5.01 oz) and features outer size of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Panasonic FX78 is lighter when compared with its competitors.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Here is a picture of the Panasonic FX78 besides a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the FX78.
Panasonic FX78 Lens info
The FX78 comes with a fixed lens providing a focal range of 24-120mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be amazing however it would certainly be convenient in certain cases.
At the widest 24mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.5 making it fairly slow and not great in low light conditions and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You could also have to raise the ISO setting producing noisy pictures. At the tele end, 120mm comes with f5.9 which is quite slow and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic FX78 Connectivity
The FX78 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send pictures and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Many applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Panasonic FX78 Video info
The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic FX78 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance for quality and file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone jack so you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look into an alternative model if you want decent audio in your video clips.
Panasonic FX78 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Panasonic FX78 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Panasonic FX78 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FX78 houses a 3.5" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.
Moreover the display screen is touch friendly so you will be able to adjust focus points and adjust settings with your fingers.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic FX78 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really handy for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Panasonic FX78 Shutter info
Panasonic FX78 continuous shooting rate is 4.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1400s.
Panasonic FX78 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic FX78 includes only in-built flash without external flash ability.
Panasonic FX78 Autofocus info
Panasonic FX78 includes just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing.
The Sensor boasts 11 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving objects. Panasonic FX78 has not got manual focus. Manual focus is useful for low light scenarios or you need more exact depth of field control.
Panasonic FX78 Battery life
The battery on the Panasonic FX78 is built to last for 200 shutters as per the CIPA measurements which is lower compared to its rivals. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest possible (470) battery life for this category of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:
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Panasonic FX78 for different kinds of photography
The following diagram displays a analysis of the Panasonic FX78 for different kinds of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Panasonic FX78
The Panasonic FX78 gets a score of 21 which is lousy, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos & ability to work with off-camera flash.
Panasonic FX78 Street photography info
Getting a moderate points tally of 57, the Panasonic FX78 is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Panasonic FX78
A lousy sports photography score of 29 means the Panasonic FX78 is not suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic FX78 Travel photography information
Size is very critical in getting a camera for travel. In general, the Panasonic FX78 gets a decent 56 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suitable to take with you on your holidays.
Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography features
For anybody looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FX78 and it's lousy score of 36 as a landscape camera is not suitable within the current marketplace.
Panasonic FX78 Vlogging information
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic FX78 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy rating of 34.
Panasonic FX78 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the FX78, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram below offers you an overview of the FX78 vs it's top ranked rivals mentioned previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might look into as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.